Another Anonymous Border Patrol Death Squad Slaying on the Rio Grande: Victim’s Brother Allegedly Told to “Let the Dog Die”

Since the coward or cowards responsible for this murder are hiding behind cloaks of government secrecy, I’m adding this murder to the Border Patrol’s roster of anonymous death squad killings:  Border Patrol: Anonymous Death Squads, Public Victims

KRGV:  New Details Emerge in Border Patrol Shootings (July 9 2012)

Mexican officials have identified a man they say was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Saturday near Los Tomates-Veterans International Bridge.  The Mexican consul general in Brownsville said the death of 30-year-old Juan Pablo Perez Santillan was a regrettable incident. The Mexican government today condemned the shooting.  Border Patrol officials said the agent shot in self defense after the suspect pelted him with rocks. A second shooting happened at almost the same time nearby when a gunman on the Mexican side pointed a weapon at another agent.

Brownsville Herald:  Border Patrol defends actions of agents in shooting (July 9 2012)

“The Mexican government has said once again that the disproportionate use of force for purposes of immigration enforcement is unacceptable under any circumstances,” the Foreign Ministry said.  Juan Pablo Perez Santillán, 30, died Saturday morning on the banks of the Rio Grande, reportedly from a bullet fired by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on the Brownsville side of the river.  Border Patrol said its agents opened fire in separate incidents that occurred about the same time Saturday near the Veterans International Bridge: once at rock throwers who were pelting border enforcers attempting to arrest illegal crossers; once at a man who aimed a gun at an agent from across the river.

KRGV:  U.S., Mexican Officials Discuss BP Shooting in Brownsville (July 10 2012)

Border Patrol administrators said their agents came under attack in two incidents.  The first confrontation happened when agents arresting a group of illegal immigrants were attacked by other immigrants who threw rocks at them before fleeing to Mexico. The second clash happened when an agent spotted a man pointing a firearm at them. Officials said the agents fired their weapons in both incidents because they feared for their lives.  Border Patrol said no one was hit when the agent fired at the rock throwers. They are not sure if anyone was hit in the second incident. An investigation is underway.

KRGV:  U.S., Mexican Officials Mum on BP Shooting (July 10 2012)

Officials said tensions between both countries stifled all discussion of the Saturday incident at today’s meeting.  Mexican officials claim 30-year-old Juan Pablo Perez Santillan of Matamoros died from gunshot wounds after a Border Patrol agent fired at him Saturday near the Veterans-Los Tomates International Bridge.  Border Patrol administrators said their agents came under attack in two incidents.

The Monitor:  ‘My brother … he’s dead’: Mourning after border shooting (July 10 2012)

At a small home along a dirt road a few yards from the Rio Grande, about a dozen friends and family gathered Sunday afternoon, awaiting the body of their beloved Juan Pablo.  “My brother, Juan Pablo Perez Santillán, he’s dead,” Juanita Soto Santillán said through tears as she sat in a lawn chair outside the white-walled Los Pinos neighborhood home. A red wreath and a white-and-blue flower ornament was all the family could afford on short notice for the impromptu wake.  “My son Jorge … I don’t know what happened to him,” Soto said. “I want him here with me.  “I don’t know if he’s missing, if the (Border Patrol) got him, or … .” She trailed off.  Her 14-year-old son, it turned out, had been detained by U.S. border agents — a fate less harsh than her brother’s.  The 30-year-old Perez died Saturday morning on the banks of the Rio Grande, presumably from a bullet fired by a U.S. border agent on the Brownsville side of the river.

Justice in Mexico:  Mexican citizen killed by Border Patrol agent acting in “self defense” (July 10 2012)

The shooting occurred on Saturday, July 7, across the Rio Grande river near the bridge connecting Matamoros, Mexico, with Brownsville, Texas. Two agents fired at Mexican territory in separate instances – one after coming under attack by assailants throwing rocks and the second after seeing what appeared to be a gun pointed at the agents by an individual across the river. It is believed that the later incident resulted in the victim’s death, though authorities have not conclusively confirmed which shooter was responsible for killing Pérez. Immediately after the shooting, U.S. agents arrested three other Mexican nationals, including Pérez’s 14-year-old nephew.  The family of the victim gathered Monday morning to await the return of Pérez’s body, which is in the custody of Mexican authorities for investigation, and the release of their young nephew, who continues to be held by U.S. officials. They are insistent that Pérez was collecting wood along the riverbank and was not armed at the time of his death.

Fox Rio 2:  Investigation into Alleged Border Patrol Shooting (July 10 2012)

U.S. and Mexican Authorities met today regarding the controversial shooting of a Mexican National near the Brownsville border.  It happened by Rio Bravo on Saturday. Mexican officials believe a border patrol agent is responsible in the shooting death of Matamoros Resident, 30-year-old Juan Pablo Perez Santillan.  U.S. Authorities say border patrol agents fired their weapons in two separate incidents in self defense. The FBI is currently investigating the incident.

KRGV:  Lawsuit Filed in Brownsville Border Patrol Shooting (July 27 2012)

Relatives of a man shot by Border Patrol agents have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government.  The family of Juan Pablo Perez Santillan admits he was trying to help people swim across the river to enter illegally into the U.S. The incident happened at 7 a.m. on July 7.  They claim the man didn’t have a weapon and posed no threat to the agent who shot him.

Court documents claim that Perez was giving directions to 10 people on how to swim across the Rio Grande into the U.S. The people were divided into two groups. Five people made it across the border, the others, including Perez’s brother Damian, were approaching the river banks from on the Mexican side, court records state.  Perez saw the Border Patrol agents and started yelling and waiving his hands in the air to warn the people of the approaching agent, the lawsuit claims.  The lawsuit claims that one or more agents fired at least five times killing Perez.

Border Patrol officials have said that Perez had a weapon and that agents were justified in firing on him.

San Antonio Express-News: Lawsuit claims Mexican man wasn’t throwing rocks (July 31 2012)

The family of a suspected smuggler they say was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent have filed a lawsuit claiming “excessive force” was used in the cross-border firing.

Agents reported being pelted with rocks from across the Rio Grande on July 7, while they patrolled the river bank in Brownsville, and fired in the direction of the rock-throwing. Across the river, Juan Pablo Peréz Santillán, 30, was struck by a bullet and died. The agency has not confirmed the shot came from a patrolman.

The man’s mother and the mother of his children are seeking damages from the unnamed agent as well as the United States of America and the agency and sub-agencies that “tolerated, condoned, and encouraged a pattern of brutality and use of excessive force.”

The federal lawsuit claims Peréz Santillán had “no weapon of any kind.” His brother says agents told him to “let the dog die,” when he came upon the injured man.

Wichita Falls Times-Record News: Family of Mexican shot by Border Patrol sues (July 31 2012)

 The family of a Mexican man who they say was killed by a Border Patrol agent’s shot across the Rio Grande has sued the U.S. government.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Brownsville on Friday alleges the agent used unlawful force in shooting 30-year-old Juan Pablo Perez Santillan (sahn-tee-YAHN’).

Border Patrol says illegal immigrants were throwing rocks at agents while they detained a group that had crossed the river July 7. Another agent fired across the river when someone was seen aiming a rifle.

The Mexican government has confirmed that Perez Santillan was killed on the river bank in Matamoros. His family says in the lawsuit that he was unarmed and signaling groups when to cross the river.

The Monitor: Family sues Border Patrol after man fatally shot in Mexico  (July 30 2012)

The family of a Mexican national allegedly shot and killed by an unidentified U.S. Border Patrol agent is suing the federal government.

The family of Juan Pablo Peréz Santillán claims he was standing on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border when he was shot the morning of July 7. Peréz Santillán was not armed, his family states in the lawsuit.

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Juan Pablo Peréz Santillán reportedly told the group that he would not cross until everyone else had swam across the river, so he could watch for the Border Patrol. He was crossing the people in groups of five.

The first group was able to cross, but when the second group tried to cross, Juan Pablo Peréz Santiallán started to yell to tell them that the Border Patrol had shown up, the lawsuit stated.

“Suddenly, a United States Border Agent or Agents pointed a weapon across the border, and squeezed the trigger at least five times, fatally wounding Juan with at least one gunshot wound to the chest. Juan, who has been standing safely and legally on his native soil of Mexico, unarmed and unthreatening, was fatally wounded,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit goes on to state that Damien Peréz Santillán got to the Mexican side of the border and found his brother lying in a pool of blood. He said he yelled for help while looking at the agents, who were still pointing a gun at him. Damian Peréz Santiallán claims the agents’ response was “que se muera el perro” or “let the dog die.”

Fox Rio 2:  Mexican Family Suing the U.S. Government (July 30 2012)

The family of a Mexican National allegedly shot and killed by a federal agent in Brownsville is suing the U.S. Government.  The family claims 30-year-old Juan Pablo Perez-Santillan was standing on the Mexican side of Matamoros, when he was shot by a Border Patrol Agent near Veterans International Bridge on July 7th. That agent has remained unidentified.  Authorities argue the agent fired his weapon in self defense. The Mexican Consulate is trying to confirm if Santillan was armed during the incident.

KABB:  Family of Mexican shot by Border Patrol sues (July 31 2012)

The Republic:  Family of Mexican shot by Border Patrol files lawsuit alleging unlawful use of force (July 31 2012)

The family of a Mexican man who they say was killed by a Border Patrol agent’s shot across the Rio Grande has sued the U.S. government.  The lawsuit filed in federal court in Brownsville on Friday alleges the agent used unlawful force in shooting 30-year-old Juan Pablo Perez Santillan (sahn-tee-YAHN’).

Border Patrol says illegal immigrants were throwing rocks at agents while they detained a group that had crossed the river July 7. Another agent fired across the river when someone was seen aiming a rifle.

The Mexican government has confirmed that Perez Santillan was killed on the river bank in Matamoros. His family says in the lawsuit that he was unarmed and signaling groups when to cross the river.

A Border Patrol spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday.

Brownsville Herald:  Family sues U.S. Border Patrol in son’s death (July 30 2012)

The family claims Juan Pablo Perez Santillan was standing on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border when he was shot the morning of July 7.   Perez-Santillan was not armed, his family states.   The incident happened near the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville  … The Mexican consul in Brownsville said the individual the Border Patrol claimed was holding a weapon was Perez Santillan, and they were trying to confirm whether he was armed.   Named in the lawsuit are the unidentified  US. Border Patrol agent, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, The U.S. Border Patrol,  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice.

ABC Local KTRK:  Family sues U.S. Border Patrol in son’s death (July 31 2012)

WFAA:  Family of Mexican shot by Border Patrol sues  (July 31 2012)

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